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October 12, 2008

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The Chicago Sun-Times interviews Juliana Hatfield about her memoir, When I Grow Up.

Q. What do you say to people who assume that because you're such a prolific songwriter, writing a book would come naturally to you?

A. Oh God, no. It was really difficult. I've always read a lot -- fiction, nonfiction, historical books, high art, low art -- everything I could get my hands on. I would think, "Oh, I can do that." Then when I started I realized how difficult it was and how much work and time you had to devote to it. There were moments when I didn't know how I was going to get to the end of it. Honestly, I didn't know how to write a book or structure it. I kind of learned by doing it. I think that's why it took me so long. I was making records and touring for six years and I'd go home and work on the book. It was a slow process and dragged on for longer than I would've liked.

see also: Hatfield's Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for the book


The Boston Globe lists fall reading suggestions.

see also: other fall reading lists I have been accumulating at Delicious


The Orlando Sun-Sentinel reviews Sarah Shun-Lien Bynum's novel, Ms. Hempel Chronicles.

All this, along with other crucial details of her past — and future — is revealed without effort, like petals gently unfurling. One of Bynum's strengths is the delicate and wryly humorous way she deepens her portraits, quietly slipping in game-changing information. Another is her precise yet poetic use of language, which illuminates sharply without overreaching.

see also: Bynum's Largehearted Boy Book Notes essay for the book


IGN reprints their favorite 10 commandments from Henry Owings' book, The Rock Bible: Unholy Scripture for Fans & Bands.


Jonathan Evison has started a Goodreads reading group for his novel, All About Lulu, and is personally answering reader questions.


Newsweek mark's the 50th anniversary of the publication of Lolita with a feature article on the novel.


PopMatters ponders the bad economy's effects on music magazines.


At the Times Online, designer Tommy Hilfiger shares his favorite albums.


NPR's Weekend Edition gets a rundown on literature's Booker Prize (to be announced Tuesday) from a London cabbie.


In the Daily Mail, author Terry Pratchett recounts his experiences with Alzheimer's.


Pitchfork's first book, The Pitchfork 500 now has a website.


DegreeDirectory lists useful sites fir beginners to creative writing.


Wired offers a Wiki on converting your albums to mp3s.


also at Largehearted Boy:

daily mp3 downloads
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
this week's CD releases

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